These Are The 10 Best Fontana Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 44 places around Fontana to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Fontana suburbs.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Fontana are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

If you happen to be a resident of Yorba Linda, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Fontana ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Fontana for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Fontana was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Fontana.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 44 suburbs to evaluate around Fontana.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 44 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Fontana.” We’re lookin’ at you, Yorba Linda.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Yorba Linda, CA

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Population: 67,740
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $123,962
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
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Yorba Linda is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Fontana area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Yorba Linda.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $123,962 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Fontana region. And only 5.4% are out of work. Homes average more than $792,700 each.

El Cerrito, CA

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Population: 24,982
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $96,914
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
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El Cerrito is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Fontana for 2019.

It ranks 8th for incomes in the area and only 7.2% of residents lack insurance, good for 13th best.

Brea, CA

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Population: 41,921
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Income: $90,214
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 7.3%
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Here in Brea, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Fontana metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Brea.

Villa Park, CA

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Population: 5,935
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $142,628
Unemployment Rate: 8.8%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
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Villa Park ranks as the 4th best suburb of Fontana for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Villa Park and the schools are some of the best around.

Walnut, CA

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Population: 30,062
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $98,329
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.1%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Walnut.

Walnut gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Fontana area, where houses sell for an average of $703,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Diamond Bar, CA

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Population: 56,600
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $94,531
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
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Diamond Bar is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 6.3% which is 11th best in the area.

According to online reports, Diamond Bar is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Fontana area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Claremont, CA

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Population: 35,949
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $96,923
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.5%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Claremont.

Claremont schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 14.4 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

La Habra Heights, CA

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Population: 5,425
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Median Income: $112,273
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
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La Habra Heights is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 7.8% of people lack insurance, good for 17th in the area.

Placentia, CA

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Population: 52,294
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $88,501
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 8.8%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Placentia?’


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Chino Hills, CA

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Population: 78,025
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $102,746
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Chino Hills.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Fontana ‘Burbs of 2019

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Fontana, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Fontana Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Yorba Linda 67,740 $123,962
2 El Cerrito 24,982 $96,914
3 Brea 41,921 $90,214
4 Villa Park 5,935 $142,628
5 Walnut 30,062 $98,329
6 Diamond Bar 56,600 $94,531
7 Claremont 35,949 $96,923
8 La Habra Heights 5,425 $112,273
9 Placentia 52,294 $88,501
10 Chino Hills 78,025 $102,746
11 La Verne 32,320 $82,829
12 San Dimas 34,334 $81,242
13 Eastvale 59,733 $110,685
14 Rancho Cucamonga 174,573 $83,736
15 Upland 76,155 $65,349
16 Glendora 51,891 $86,442
17 Covina 48,601 $68,311
18 Norco 26,711 $91,915
19 West Covina 107,786 $74,551
20 Corona 163,585 $73,594
21 Anaheim 349,007 $65,313
22 Redlands 70,765 $68,956
23 Grand Terrace 12,439 $65,422
24 Chino 85,609 $75,530
25 Yucaipa 53,151 $58,166
26 Azusa 49,029 $57,728
27 Loma Linda 23,961 $52,310
28 Duarte 21,832 $71,260
29 Baldwin Park 76,572 $57,209
30 La Puente 40,451 $60,019
31 Riverside 321,570 $62,460
32 Calimesa 8,517 $50,174
33 Ontario 171,041 $57,544
34 Montclair 38,613 $54,192
35 Moreno Valley 203,691 $59,827
36 Highland 54,704 $55,130
37 Pomona 152,366 $53,281
38 Jurupa Valley 102,202 $63,286
39 Rialto 102,708 $54,962
40 Colton 54,200 $47,256
41 Hesperia 93,190 $49,726
42 Victorville 121,721 $47,895
43 San Bernardino 215,252 $41,027
44 Perris 75,011 $54,657

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